Society congratulates Nobel Prize winners for “lifesaving” research

The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to James Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery that the body’s immune system can be harnessed to attack cancer cells.

Professor Bridget Lumb, President of The Physiological Society, congratulated the scientists and said:

“Congratulations to James Allison and Tasuku Honjo for winning this year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

“Cancer is one of the greatest challenges we face. This research has transformed our understanding of how the immune system can be used to control cancerous tumours. This has led to the development of a whole new class of treatments which give patients real hope.

“This research is saving lives today and has the potential to save many more in years to come as it opens doors to further medicines.”

Nobel Prize winnersSource: Twitter/The Nobel Prize

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For more information about the Nobel Prize winners: https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2018/press-release